Sholay | Koka Booth Amphitheatre | Special Events | Indy Week

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When: Fri., Aug. 24 2012

The 1975 film Sholay, which translates as "embers," is a spaghetti Western, a buddy comedy, a romance, a samurai film and, of course, a musical: the very definition of a masala film, that satisfying blend of warming spices. Two petty thieves (Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra) are recruited to save a village from the ravages of Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan), the most feared villain in Hindi movies. The music (which includes "Yeh Dosti," a classic ode to male bonding, and "Mehbooba," danced by Bollywood's premiere vamp, Helen) and the dialogue were released on separate LP records. Indian fans memorized lines that have been quoted ever since, including "Kitne aadme the?" ("How many men were there?"), delivered when Gabbar demands of his henchmen why they were outskirmished by our heroes. Amitabh is considered the greatest Hindi film star of all time (he carried the Olympic torch through London's South Asian Southwark neighborhood before the Games), and his charisma burns up Sholay. Often imitated but never equaled, the film is Bollywood 101. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk; tickets are $3, or free for kids under 12. —Laura Boyes

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